Already closed | 2h 20m | West Village

Picnic

From 99 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing, Dated

About the show

Transport Group revives William Inge's 1953 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, which examines the power of sex, class, and youth in our society. Featuring Tony winner Michele Pawk, and nominees John Cariani and Emily Skinner. More…

When gorgeous drifter Hal arrives in a small Kansas town, no one is prepared. He brings with him the possibilities and promises—some true and some false—of a life with real options. His instant and incendiary chemistry with local 18-year-old Madge unexpectedly destroys the illusions of comfort harbored by everyone we meet in this heartland’s emotionally suffocating landscape. 'Picnic' is performed in rotating repertory with Inge's 'Come Back, Little Sheba.' 

2h 20m | Already closed | The Gym at Judson (West Village)

Member Reviews (99)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing, Dated
83
Avg Score

90
Exquisite, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Romantic, Sexy

See it if Wonderful characters, writing and acting. Has universal themes despite setting in 50's culture. Coming of age / generational struggles.

Don't see it if You don't like slowly developing character plays where people grow and change.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant

See it if Inge at his best. In a class with Williams and O'Neill. Strong cast. clever sets (not quite elaborate) Nice staff at the Judson Church.

Don't see it if you need a super set or an overblown production.

Also I liked Hannah Elless and David T Patterson among almost equals. My pa... Read more Read less

83
Great acting, Great staging, Resonant, Slow, Dated

See it if Despite 50's setting, Cummings' minimalistic staging of Inge's Americana feels wonderfully alive Expert ensemble led by poignant Skinner

Don't see it if It's slow & dated but it's universal themes of love & longing somehow take on mythic proportions here Drifter as catalyst a bit overplayed

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Resonant, Intense

See it if Really incredible acting. Very intimate simple production but incredibly absorbing. An American classic.

Don't see it if If you want more elaborate scenery. Very bare-boned but you don't even notice that since the acting is so absorbing. No need for more

Also I had not expected this production to be so compelling but I loved it!

82
Entertaining, Great writing, Great acting, Dated

See it if You like old fashioned plays by American playwrights. Bad boys. The feeling of dreary Midwestern life is very evident in this production,

Don't see it if You dislike slow moving plots, sparse sets, and desolation. You are depressed about the way your life ended up.

Also I find that Horton Foote portrays middle class America in a hopeful li... Read more Read less

89
William inge is the man!!

See it if you want to see a play by one of the greats writers ever.

Don't see it if a small set bothers you or if you don't like plays that take place "back in the day"

Also I didn't know who William Inge was until two weeks ago when I saw "Com... Read more Read less

58
Disappointing, Badly lit, Inconsistent performances

See it if you love Inge and like new productions, even weak ones

Don't see it if you love Inge and can't stand to see bad productions. Set and lighting were very weak. Didn't do play justice. Young actors were very weak.

92
Tender, Williams-esque, Poignant, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You love theatre and want to learn about one of our great playwrights, and if you want your heart tugged in a way not often available.

Don't see it if Minimal staging and almost old-fashioned storytelling is not your thing.

86
Resonant, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you don't mind spare sets;you'll enjoy a well-acted production of a classic dealing with sexual & class tensions in 1950s small town USA

Don't see it if you prefer modern, edgy dramas or want to see something light; prefer fully-staged productions.

85
Great acting, Entertaining, Must see, Dated, Romantic

See it if You want to see a play with great acting, in a small theater. Every seat is a good seat.

Don't see it if You don't like Inge's play, or don't want to see a play with a serious subject matter.

80
Intense, Intelligent, Absorbing, Thoughtful

See it if you've never seen this classic before, you'd like to see it again in an intimate setting.

Don't see it if you're looking for something current or edgy.

80
Resonant, Absorbing, Masterful

See it if classic american plays, family dramas about regret and societal expectations

Don't see it if light entertainment

80
Great staging, Romantic, Somewhat dated, Well acted, Revival

See it if you'd like to see a wonderful, intimate production of a Pulitzer Prize winner, pulsating with rippling muscles and sexuality.

Don't see it if you can't arrive early to get a good seat.

87
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Masterful

See it if you like to see the realities and the ugliness and the destiny unravel of human nature.

Don't see it if you are looking for some fast paced action.

95
Relevant, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you wanted to see Inge at his best. A company that just DOES THE PLAY and doesn't try to "fix" it.

Don't see it if you have to have a set.

81
Dated, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you've never seen an Inge play. Great acting. A time capsule that in many ways provides insight into some people's choices last fall.

Don't see it if you will be annoyed by staging that often puts the character's back to you when they are speaking. The staging is up close and personal.

Also I was fascinated. The last time I saw this I was in grade school and m... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you like Inge, excellent acting and stories from the past.

Don't see it if you prefer sets, staging and lighting.

Also Although there is no set or even lighting there is excellent acting an... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Romantic, Classic

See it if you've somehow forgotten how lovely a William Inge play can be & you want to see one of his best stripped down to its heartbreaking essence.

Don't see it if you get pissy when presented with strong naturalistic performances of a mid-century classic of Midwestern realism on a nearly naked stage.

95
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting

See it if you'd like an intimate look at small town life with real people on a Labor Day weekend. A magical production.

Don't see it if you want elaborate sets, a proscenium, or find "Splendor In the Grass" dated. This production rests solely on the script and the actors.

70
Intimate, Great acting, Flawed, Dated

See it if you've never seen Picnic before and want to do so where you can watch the actors up close. Skinner and Patterson give the best performances.

Don't see it if you want to see a perfectly cast production or you're uninterested in dated material that doesn't argue for its relevance. Two intermissions

Also While not offensive, I didn’t agree with much in this play and I’m not... Read more Read less

84
Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky, Absorbing

See it if You want to see great acting and how limited women's roles were not too long ago. You like well written classic theatre.

Don't see it if You want elaborate production values. Get frustrated by the treatment if women as extensions of men.

80
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Romantic

See it if you like a well made play from the 50's, simply but well-staged, and brilliantly acted.

Don't see it if you don't like two intermissions, or plays of a somewhat dated nature.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Intense, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy a great acting ensemble do justice to a classic American play.

Don't see it if You don't care about small town life.

72
Great acting, Dated

See it if Again, if you feel like you really need to see all mid 20th century dramas and deal with the weaknesses of Inge - go.

Don't see it if You are scared of muscles (Thank you David Patterson). You need a little more bite for your buck. It's like Williams without the poetry.

94
Entertaining, Great writing, Clever

See it if You like older playwrights, intimate productions, solid acting of a classic drama. If you know the play but never saw live production

Don't see it if You don't like small theatres or classic drama about small town USA. And don't be late. Youll have to wait till end of 1st act to be seated


March 30th, 2017
"The shows depict lives in turmoil with deceptive simplicity — an elusive quality that the Transport Group captures in the graceful revivals...Inge's work burst with generous humanity and possessed a sure grasp on the power of intimacy — something these productions skillfully bring to the fore......
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March 29th, 2017
"It’s astonishing how little in the way of artifice is required to create powerful theater. An artful script helps, and William Inge’s 'Picnic' is an oft-revived neo-classic for good reason...In mounting this barebones revival, director Jack Cummings III has managed to sand the edges off any pote...
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March 30th, 2017
"These revivals, staged by Jack Cummings III and acted by a first-class ensemble cast, will leave you in no doubt that Inge was one of America’s half-dozen greatest playwrights...Simplicity and intimacy are the keys to these stagings...This kind of bare-bones staging works only if the actors are ...
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March 26th, 2017
"Two excellent productions featuring a terrific cast that blows the dust off these somewhat dated classics...Jack Cummings III directs these plays with loving detail...Inge's depiction of women is decidedly of its time...But then there's Elless...Elless' performances are, by themselves, worth the...
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